Todd Duffee won't be able to try to get back on winning track just yet. Originally set to face Jon Madsen at UFC 121 on October 23, in Anaheim, California, Duffee has been forced to pull out of the fight due to injury.
His replacement? One Gilbert Yvel. And "The Hurricane" could really use a win. The Las Vegas Sun reported the match up yesterday.
Yvel was last seen in action in a surprisingly highly entertaining back-and-forth bout with Ben Rothwell at UFC 115 where he dropped a unanimous decision.
Gilbert debuted with the UFC by suffering a crushing left hook courtesy of Junior dos Santos at UFC 108 earlier this year. Before succumbing to the explosive hands of dos Santos, Yvel had won eight of his prior nine bouts, with his last win coming against Pedro Rizzo last summer.
Jon Madsen will bring a completely different style of fighting to the cage, that of a wrestler. He will also bring with him an undefeated professional record of 6-0.
The Illinois-bread fighter last defeated Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision at UFC 116 in July of this year.
Madsen made a name for himself on the high school and collegiate wrestling scene, but made a bee-line for mixed martial arts immediately following his quest for higher learning.
After joining Matt Hughes H.I.T. Squad, Madsen racked up a perfect 2-0 record in 2008 after his debut at Crossroads Combat Challenge (CCC) 3 in Illinois.
That success (along with his gym affiliation) landed him a spot on TUF 10, but he would eventually fall to finalist Brendan Schaub via knockout in their exhibition match in the quarterfinals.
He rebounded against Justin Wren, grinding out a split decision at last year's TUF 10 Finale and made it two in a row with a unanimous decision win over Mostapha Al-Turk at UFC 112 earlier this year.